How to Create Your Own Family Traditions

Create meaningful traditions to ensure quality time with family and friends this holiday season. Here are a few ways to generate family traditions that will help you celebrate special holidays with peace and joy.

How to create family traditions

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Holiday traditions often span many generations and include everything from lighting candles or watching a favorite movie, to choosing the perfect Christmas tree from a local tree farm.

If you're ready to re-think the traditions that linger from your childhood, or you want new activities that work for your growing family, these suggestions can help you create your own holiday traditions.

How to create your own family traditions

Holidays can become so hectic that we barely have time to relax and enjoy them. Having a few must-do traditions in place will help ensure you make time for the things that matter most to you and your family.

Your traditions should reflect or compliment the ways you engage in the spirit of the season. Traditions may change over time as your family grows. Be creative, be personal, and even be a little spontaneous as you develop the traditions that make an event special.

1. Search your family history.   

Make the old new again!

If you discover that Great Aunt Sarah traditionally read the Christmas story by candlelight, maybe you can add candles to your Christmas Eve hot chocolate routine.

If you have fond memories of your family gathering around the piano or portable keyboard for an annual sing-song, maybe you and the kids can make homemade instruments and sing carols together.


2. Examine current practices and routines.

Is a current tradition outdated or no longer feasible?

You may want to replace traditional foods such as plum pudding and fruitcake with a carrot cake or yule log, or recipes that require fewer ingredients and less preparation time.

If you traditionally attend an evening service on Christmas Eve, maybe there is an earlier service for families with small children.

3. Ask your family for suggestions.    

What does everyone really wish they were doing?

You might discover that it's OK to trade in the sleigh ride for skating on an outdoor rink, or playing soccer in the snow.

Maybe the kids actually prefer cinnamon rolls to the traditional popcorn you always prepare for movie night. If popcorn remains the favorite choice, try serving it with candy cane chopsticks!

3. Take time to review and plan.

Creating your own holiday traditions can be an amazing experience for the whole family. Schedule some quality family time with sit-down planning to prompt reflection and conversation.

Create a cozy atmosphere while you brainstorm!

  • Play some Christmas music.
  • Enjoy warm cookies from the oven.
  • Write down everyone's ideas.

 Smart family traditions you can start


The traditions you start now will be the activities everyone looks forward to each year as the holiday approaches. Your unique family traditions will provide a little comfort and joy for all at this special time of year.


Christmas crafts and activities on Pinterest.


More holiday traditions from family-friendly bloggers 

Our Christmas Traditions / Feels Like Home Blog

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Easy Family Holiday Traditions on a Budget / Little Bins for Little Hands

Unique + Kid-Friendly Family Christmas Traditions / A Mother Far From Home



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